Results 1–20 of 348 for speaker:Gerry McHugh

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Tourism (17 Jan 2011)

Gerry McHugh: A Cheann Comhairle, I refer to the situation that we have seen happen to Michaela Harte while on honeymoon out of this country. Will the Minister seek guarantees, at the very least, from those who will come over here on a damage limitation exercise following the awful happenings to that family? Something good might come out of it if we can get guarantees that our people, our young people, on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Energy Bill: Consideration Stage (13 Dec 2010)

Gerry McHugh: I am not prepared to say that I was wrong in making a defence of those who are not able to pay. The fact is that there is a broad-brush attack on those in that category, because the well off will never have to face that situation. Quite a lot of them do not actually pay their bills, but it is more unlikely that it was aimed for that purpose. I have no difficulty in defending my position on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Energy Bill: Consideration Stage (13 Dec 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I want to comment on the amendments. As others have done, I thank the Minister and the Committee staff for the work that they have done on the Bill, which is no simple matter. It is important to stress that we must not simply rubber-stamp everything that comes in here, including parity legislation from the British side or anywhere else, and merely...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Government: Revenue (30 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I refer to the Minister’s last point. It is a bad time to sell part of the estate. However, the running costs of places such as Loughery College and Greenmount College and the upkeep of vast swathes of land must greatly affect revenue. The same could be said of any other property. It is a bad time to sell. Nevertheless, sale should be considered.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Driving: Drink and Drugs (29 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I support the motion. I want to commend the emergency services — the police, the fire brigade and the Ambulance Service — on their very difficult task. Quite often, it is the police or the fire brigade who arrive at the scene of an accident first. They have to deal with a situation that they are not always qualified to deal with. They then have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Driving: Drink and Drugs (29 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: — around alcohol are much older.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statement: Intergovernmental Agreement on Criminal Justice Co-operation (29 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I thank the Minister for his statement. There are those who have difficulty with our Ministers co-operating or collaborating with one another on issues that affect the whole island. To them, I say that such co-operation is very much a part of the essential progress of the Good Friday Agreement and, indeed, of the future stability of that agreement....

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Protection of Quarry and Construction Industries (15 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I support the motion. To this point, the Members who have spoken have covered a lot, and the arguments have been made. I also pay tribute to Gordon Best and the Quarry Products Association for driving all the lobbying on the issues since 2001. Mr Buchanan mentioned that. The only weakness is that MLAs here do not necessarily look to or go to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: North/South Ministerial Council: Environment Sectoral Format ( 8 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I welcome the Minister’s statement, particularly in relation to my constituency of Fermanagh and also Trillick, where waste dumping seems to have been going on for some considerable time, given the emission of various lethal substances. There is evidence that waste came to the area from as far away as Dublin hospitals. That should give Members an...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Higher Education: Lecturers ( 2 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: 6. asked the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of whether students in higher education are getting value for money in relation to the fees they currently pay, given the amount of time that lecturers spend on research compared to lecturing.    (AQO 417/11)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Employment and Learning: Higher Education: Lecturers ( 2 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I, too, wish the Minister well. In the Assembly’s first mandate, he was the Chairperson of the Committee for Education. Parents have expressed concern, which I share, that university life does not seem to be what it used to be. Universities now compete with one another greatly in the field of research; tutors are pressured to conduct research on...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Education: Teachers: Employment ( 2 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. What impact does employing temporary teachers have on the ability of perhaps much better academically educated young people to gain permanent positions as teachers in schools? Has any assessment been done of the ability of teachers who have taken expensive severance deals from the education system and then taken up temporary positions?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Border Areas ( 1 Nov 2010)

Gerry McHugh: 13. asked the First Minister and deputy First Minister what work the Executive are undertaking with the Irish Government to assist people living in economically disadvantaged border areas.      (AQO 379/11)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Farm Modernisation Programme (19 Oct 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. It is important to continue to support farmers in less-favoured areas for the reasons that were given. Farmers with modern, large farms should be able to survive on their own by now, given the amount of money that they have been given. Does the Minister agree that, due to their land type and rainfall, disadvantaged areas are still quite...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: DRD: Savings (18 Oct 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. I realise that the Minister’s Department faces enormous pressures. Given those pressures on jobs and the budget, I ask the Minister to ensure that any job cuts are made equitably across regions rather than in more rural areas. Enterprises, such as the A5 would be of greatest importance —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: DRD: Savings (18 Oct 2010)

Gerry McHugh: — would be of the greatest importance for jobs, at a time like this and in the foreseeable few years.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Assembly Commission: Parliament Buildings: Car Parking (12 Oct 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I follow in the vein of the Member beside me by asking about the use of the car parks. Has the Commission looked at who exactly uses the car parks? Is there a possibility that many of those who live within a reasonable distance of here, including MLAs, could at least share cars to and from work? It would be easy to deface the pristine landscape of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Welfare Reform (28 Sep 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. I did not expect to take part in the debate because of the long list of people who were due to speak before me. I agree with the motion, and it is good to see it coming from the DUP. It is good to see that we have moved on, and that the attacks by the Conservative Government on the weak and vulnerable are no longer supported by people in this...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Social Development: Welfare Reform (28 Sep 2010)

Gerry McHugh: Go raibh maith agat, a LeasCheann Comhairle. Can the Minister tell me why much welfare reform attacks less-well-off people and, indeed, the National Health Service, which was the envy of Europe because it provided support from cradle to grave? It will now need to be paid for from conception to grave. That attack is aimed at less-well-off people in particular.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Regional Development: A5 Western Transport Corridor (27 Sep 2010)

Gerry McHugh: 5. asked the Minister for Regional Development whether he can confirm that progress on the A5 western transport corridor preferred route is on target and that funding has been secured.  (AQO 138/11)


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